Sledding in snow

Although gift giving is really an act of generosity, it can also bring up anxiety to find the perfect present. Adding a green touch to the holiday season can show thought and consideration, and that you are trying to make a difference in more than one way.

Follow some of these go green tips to bring out your gift-giving inspiration for the holidays.

Go green … and red

Vegetable preserves
Image courtesy of Un Bolshakov.

Consumable Items

This is a great tip, especially for friends and family that strive toward voluntary simplicity. If you are looking for personal care products or cosmetics, the Environmental Working Group searchable database is a great tool for discerning which have toxic ingredients. For a food item, your local farmers’ market is a good place to find locally grown possibilities, or make homemade caramel popcorn, granola, pickled vegetables, or fruit jelly for a nearly zero-waste gift.

An Inspiring Resource-Saving Book

This is an especially fit gift for people that are aspiring to live a greener life. One holiday possibility is Dana Gunder’s new book, Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money By Wasting Less Food. This guide is full of useful information on smart purchasing tips, efficient storing techniques and recipes.

Experiences Instead of Things

You can take friends and loved ones out for a fun experience, such as a sledding trip, a special dinner, ice skating or to a skill-building workshop. Event tickets are another option for the music and dance lovers in your life. For families with young children, look for kid-friendly events that will be engaging to everyone in the family.

Recycled Content

Some innovative companies are making products with post-consumer recycled content. For example, North Face upcycles water bottles and fleece scraps to make 100% recycled Denali fleece.

DIY Gifts

This is a great option for gift givers on a budget or if you want to put extra thought and attention into holiday gifts. Check out these eco-chic gift ideas for him or her or get inspired by these gorgeous homemade beauty products.

Homemade card
Image courtesy of Ciera Holzenthal.

Feature image courtesy of Philippe Put

By Sarah Lozanova

Sarah Lozanova is an environmental journalist and copywriter and has worked as a consultant to help large corporations become more sustainable. She is the author of Humane Home: Easy Steps for Sustainable & Green Living, and her renewable energy experience includes residential and commercial solar energy installations. She teaches green business classes to graduate students at Unity College and holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School.